GCL South Holiday Hoops Tournament Roundup


Posted on 12/29/2015 at 11:29 a.m.

Elder, La Salle Remain Unbeaten With Opening-Round Victories

Three Greater Catholic League South Division basketball teams played openers in holiday tournaments Monday, with Elder and La Salle remaining unbeaten on the season and St. Xavier suffering another close defeat – which has been the norm for the Bombers in their first seven games.  Moeller, the lone league team to not play Monday, takes the court again  Wednesday in the Beach Ball Classic at Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Wednesday.

Here is a look at the GCL South games played Monday:

Elder 52, Nova, Fla. 28 – Seniors Frankie Hofmeyer and Peyton Ramsey scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, to lead Elder to victory in the Panthers’ opening game of the Fort Lauderdale Beach Holiday Classic being played at Westminster Academy.  Elder (8-0), which defeated Nova, 60-50, last December on its way to the tournament championship, held a 24-14 halftime lead against Nova (12-2) from Davie, Fla.  

Elder moves on to meet Sidwell Friends School from Washington, D.C. at 6 p.m. tonight.   SIdwell Friends won its opener against Calvary Christian Academy from Fort Lauderdale, 42-28.

La Salle 66, Lakewood Ranch, Fla. 56 – Senior Jeremy Larkin scored 12 of his 22 points in the third quarter as La Salle broke open a close game.  The Lancers, who also got 15 points from C.J. Fleming and 14 from Tre Crigler, led by just one at halftime before pulling away against Lakewood Ranch (10-3).  The win was No. 31 all-time for La Salle (5-0) in the Kingdom of the Sun at Ocala, Fla., second behind only host Vangaurd High School.

La Salle advances to meet St. Michael’s from Toronto, Canada at 6 p.m. tonight.  St. Michael’s defeated St. Thomas Aquinas from Fort Lauderdale, 59-52, in Monday’s first round.

McGill-Toolen, Ala. 39, St. Xavier 33 – Poor shoorting hurt St. Xavier in its opener of the St. Pius X Christmas Classic Monday in Alphretta, Ga.  The Bombers, looking to snap a two-game losing streak in this prestigious Catholic school tournament, converted just 12-of-36 field goals (33.3 poercent) and made only 10 of 19 free throws (52.6).  Senior Henry Kuechly came off of the bench to lead St. Xavier with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Senior guard Matt Wittrock added eight points and seven rebounds for St. Xavier (2-5), which plays St. Joseph’s Catholic (3-3) from Greenville, S.C. at 2:30 p.m. today.  St. Joseph’s Catholic lost to Bessed Trinity from Rosewell, Ga., 48-37, in Monday’s opening round at St. Pius X High School.  All five of the Bombers’ losses this season have been by six points or less.